Teaching with Sustainable Citizenship: schooling as circular economy

“The Crisis we face today is not educational, economic or political is one of imagination” (Otto Scharmer, MIT)

Sustainable learning- students & teachers learning what they care about

Sustainable curriculum- „living what we learn”, UN model for Global Curriculum & U School (MIT) methodology building ecosystems for learning. The course will be based on Experience Based Learning (reflecting on the active learning in our class and school environment).

New Financial Mindset- entrepreneurship mindset

Case study from Finland:

“75% of 12-year-olds and 40% of 15-year-olds have learned about the circular economy. In the future, everyone will be a circular economy professional, capable of applying circular economy solutions at work and in their everyday lives. At present, the knowledge is lacking, and there is a need for circular economy education for workplace skills, as well as for people’s everyday lives.” ( source: sitra.fi)

“The circular economy is a systems solution framework that tackles global challenges like climate change, biodiversity loss, waste, and pollution.” ( Ellen Macarthur Foundation)

 Circular economy as teaching with 21st century skills, including “hidden” skills: productivity, curiosity and resilience.


“Education is a catalyst for the transition to sustainability and Circular Economy.” ( Leena Aarikka-Stenroos, Tampere University)

Education for Sustainable Development GoalsLearning ObjectivesEducation for Sustainable Development Goals: Learning ObjectivesUNESCO

What to expect at the end of the program

  1. Tools for each module & support to include them in the class 
  2. Tools to support teachers as active researches (new pedagogies tools)
  3. Working on your own process, self-actualizing, the inner skills for teachers
  4. Case studies & guests to support insightful based learning
  5. Game based learning- circular economy team playing tools
  6. Social art and social presencing to support cooperation and trust (peer learning)
  7. Experience “catalysts” for Circular economy approach ( Regulation, Language, Technologies) 
  8. Engaging Pedagogies (stakeholder and empathy dialogue, skills for levels of listening and building relation)

Program & Curriculum

Module 1

Shifting Financial Paradigms, teaching with sustainable entrepreneurship mindset

Module 2

Circular Economy with Game Based learning 

Module 3

Futures Thinking – future anticipation skills;  ART/ STEAM as circular economy school project based learning/ future of agriculture/ future food

Module 4 

Taking care of one self and others (schooling as circular economy)


The course is in google self paced environment, using instruments for self reflection, peer learning & group dynamics. 

Each module will include:

1. Support material for your self learning & process ( tools & learning journal)
2. Video materials (with guest speakers), articles & podcasts
3. Your own redesign process practice during collective group sessions
4. Additional resources for each module

Your own learning path ( an example)

1. I join the program, access the platform & get the introduction guide & learning path, I join a peer group
2. I start the module, practice reflection, self paced studying, co assisted by facilitator& ask questions & self evaluate
3. Participate in LIVE sessions & practice
Working in small groups (peer)
4. Reflection & practice tools for own prototyping, receiving feedback and acceleration of my own prototype for teaching with circular economy


Andreea Gatman – Andreea Gatman – ICF Certified Coach , Trainer: New learning spaces, School Development, Coaching Competencies Turn Challenging Learning, Integrated Curriculum& Teaching Global Skills, Leadership& Embodiment Practices, has been facilitating training in Finland since 2016. Worked as social entrepreneurship mentoring and trainer, applying the Muhamad Yunus social entrepreneurship (Grameen Bank) model with more than 450 participants; social responsibility trainer for UNDP, Romania. 

Tuovi Ronkainen – teacher, Principal, education expert for Finnish schools outside Finland, Open University for Future Thinking, class teacher, elected head of education department Municipality of Kirkkonummi, teachers trainer on Future Skills, Circular Economy, Future of Education.

Teaching with Sustainable Citizenship: schooling as circular economy

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